Richard Sherman: Bucs Will “Go Championship Quarterback”

February 5th, 2022

Retiring Bucs cornerback Richard Sherman

Retiring Bucs cornerback Richard Sherman is not on the Kyle Trask bandwagon like a faction of Tampa Bay fans is.

Sherman was hit this week with the question pulsating through the brains of all those that bleed pewter and red.

What’s next for the Bucs at quarterback?

“I obviously think they still think they have a championship window. So I think they’re going to go championship quarterback,” Sherman said on the podcast that bears his name.

“I don’t know if they have the funds, the salary cap to really go after a guy … like a top guy, like Aaron [Rodgers] or Russell Wilson or Deshaun Watson even. But I think that may be a route they explore. I don’t think they want to go with a rookie or draft anybody and expect them to come in and really take them to a Super Bowl. So expect them to go the veteran route whether it’s through trade or free agency.”

Joe was at the edge of the couch listening, waiting for Sherman to mention Trask, but he didn’t go there.

Joe agrees with Sherman. The Bucs should have enough to challenge for the NFC crown next season, if they have a seasoned quarterback.

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56 Responses to “Richard Sherman: Bucs Will “Go Championship Quarterback””

  1. Adrnagy Says:

    All we need is good QB play. Stack the defense and bring fournette back.

  2. sasquatch Says:

    Carrying around Brady’s dead cap, paying a championship QB, paying Godwin and holding the defense together? I just don’t see how spending big on another expensive QB is doable right now. I’d be shocked. I’m also not sold on any of those 3 top guys being worth the investment, even if they could fit them in.

  3. Dom>Licht Says:

    Everything I have read have the Bucs taking 32 million cap hit for Brady’s retirement this year or next depending on when they file the paper work. How do they afford to resign all our free agents and bring on a huge QB salary??? Looks like Gabbert or Trask under center next year.

  4. Cobraboy Says:

    IOn a perfect no-cap world, maybe.

    But it is not a perfect no-cap world.

  5. geno711 Says:

    Saints have dealt with worse cap problems for 5 years. Good teams seem to figure out how to work the cap to stay viable. Bad teams seem to use the cap as an excuse.

  6. ModHairKen Says:

    The Bucs cannot win a Super Bowl with Trask next year. He would need 2 years as a starter to be ready to win a SB. But don’t tell me the answer is Cousins or Trubisky or Carr.

    Hell, bring back Fitz.

  7. Beeej Says:

    It’s been said a few times that we will carry Brady on the roster until 4 June (thereabouts) which will drop his cap it to a manageable level

  8. Snookman Says:

    We are and should be in rebuild mode. We went all in and cashed, now we have to pay the back taxes. Its time to do whats best for team in the long run…. Build/fix the holes and develope a true franchise qb. Trask is our best chance for future success.

  9. DaBux Says:

    I just hope we pay this man to stay as a secondary coach and start him up the food chain. Sherman is no idiot and has that Dungy kind of talent for analyzing and fixing defenses.

  10. Tbbucs3 Says:

    The Bucs still have more than enough talent to compete in the playoffs. Its a plug and play offense as long as we dont throw Trask or Gabbert out there we’ll be fine

  11. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Does Licht and BA believe anyone that they could get, is enough to win a Championship?
    Because the big picture is very few teams win a Championship no matter how they do it. You can go the route of a Free Agent, or build through the draft. But again very few teams do it either way. So IF they can get someone to actually be a real threat to win it all then ok, the heck with any Cap related thing, dead money, or whatever, get that QB.
    BUT….. Just who is that guy this year?

    Jimmy “Brittle Boy” G, he cannot even stay on the field. NO he is not the guy.

    Lets see A Rodgers? Just do not see him coming here and being compared to Brady for every little thing lol

    Ok Russ Wilson? Yeah Maybe, but again does he want the Brady mystique hanging over him either?

    After the off the field drama with Jameis, does the Glazers want to bring in Watson?
    Are the Glazers being willing to bring in Watson even if all the judicial stuff is settled.

    Oh and that brings us to In-famous Jameis, do the Glazers even think about him, Jameis has plenty of talent, but he could not be trusted on the field or off the field, On the Field he led the NFL by a wide margin in turnovers for a 5 year period, Off the field a lot of mistrust developed between them by the embarrassment Jameis brought upon himself and the team.
    One thing about Jameis, Sean Payton was able to get him to not be as careless with the football. But that is only a sample size of 7 games to go by.
    Again with Jameis it is all about trust, not talent, so where do the Glazers, JL and BA, stand? We shall see soon.

    Either way you go about winning a championship, very few teams ever actually win. So experienced sharpshooter Vet QB, or building through the draft whatever….. there are no guarantees.
    I say shoot for the moon, see what you can get, lay all your chips in the middle Bucs, go for it in this small window that is still open.
    There is always the next year to start a rookie QB or any other young and inexperienced QB.

    Anyways GO BUCS!!!!!

  12. Buc92’ Says:

    Deshaun Watson or Trask . Things are looking great for Deshaun’s case & can be had for a couple of 2nds maybe .


  13. Bqen green Says:

    The cap is crap. If the team wants to spend the real dollars, they can. Owners use the salary cap as an excuse for not paying players. Ben is surprised to hear, a man who never had trouble speaking truth, echo what a team executive might say. It’s not a hard cap. It’s fungible, and can be manipulated in various ways. Whenever you hear an owner screaming about cap jail, it’s almost always about real dollars, and they’ve gone over operating costs for consecutive years. Ben still hasn’t seen a cap problem that couldn’t be figured out on a napkin. Tell Ben how the Rams, who pay the water boy a million, have been in the superbowl twice in four years. It would be a shame if ownership didn’t spend heavy on a QB, and a shutdown corner. If those things are met, no reason y’all can’t be in the superbowl next year.. this roster is too good to waste

  14. Adrnagy Says:

    We dont need a elite QB. We need smart qb play. Look at tannehill 1st rd bye.

    Our division is wide open. Thats our ticket to playoffs.

  15. JimmyJack Says:

    I was under the impression we didnt have the CAP money. That was the same thing yall said last year and we brung back everybody prooving yall dont know how the CAP works.

    Now for all you people say we only got like 15 or whatever million please dont ever tell us about your CAP mathematics if the Bucs manage to bring in a high dollar QB while keeping our key free agents.

  16. sasquatch Says:

    To the cap naysayers… It comes back to you at some point. You can backload contracts for a little while, but it will bite you in the end. The Bucs got to a championship level by using wise cap strategies but got a little more flexible when they were in a SB position with Brady. You still have to find a way to pay guys down the line. Do we want to have to cut Mike Evans in 2 years because we can’t afford him anymore? Call me skeptical about 30+ million for Rodgers or WIlson, and I wouldn’t touch Watson unless he’s fully absolved of all 22 cases against him. That’s 22 — does anyone think all these accusers are lying?

  17. August 1976 Buc Says:

    It is not about being Fiscally smart, it is about winning a championship.
    Very few teams ever actually win a championship no matter the way they go for it.
    Wether Free Agency and Trades or Build through the Draft.
    The Bengals and Rams represent both ways. The Rams are in their 2nd Super Bowl in the last 4 years by not being in Treadmill rebuilding mode. They are going after it.
    Some teams never really do win a Championship, just cycles of coaches and personnel, perpetual rebuilding cycles but never even come close to actually WINNING a CHAMPIONSHIP.

    Whatever window the Bucs have, GO FO IT BUCS!!.
    Just like when they got Brady, and just like the Rams are doing now.

    The heck with the endless cycles of coaches and personnel and just oon some kind of treadmill.
    So many teams are in rebuild mode perpetually, they really never win anything.

    GO BUCS!!!!

  18. Pewter Says:

    Bucs can resign some of their younger FAs by agreeing on a longer deal that’s cap friendly in the first year or 2. That’s not going to work with the older FAs like Suh and JPP, they’re just not going to get multi-year deals. Bucs will have to move on with their replacements.
    QB will be key. I don’t see trading for one, as I don’t think Bucs can afford to give up any high draft picks or absorb an existing contract. I think they’ll try to sign someone in free agency like Teddy Bridgewater.

  19. Bqen green Says:

    Ryan fing tannehill? Did you watch the game Adrnagy? He will never win jack in this league. To be honest, Ben would be surprised if tenn. keeps him next year, so you might get your wish. He’s not asked to do a lot, and when he is, he usually sucks. The Titans got the #1 because of a comedy of errors by the rest of the AFC, including the Patriots. They were fifth in the AFC going into the last two weeks of the season.

  20. gp Says:

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Wilson here but I can’t see how we afford him and keep our key FA’s.
    There seems to be a six hundred pound gorilla in the room.

  21. Bqen green Says:

    It’s about real dollars, not the cap!! All these teams have budgets. No, you can’t pay everyone everything all the time, but that’s just like any other business. The league instituted the cap as a way to stop the rich owners from buying Superbowls. Very few teams spend to the cap on a year in year out basis. You throw revenue sharing on top of it, and owners have a built-in excuse for not spending.
    On the other hand, the NHL has a real cap. It’s hard, and isn’t fungible. It never cease to amaze Ben how the myth of the NFL cap has permeated. Show me a team in cap jail, and Ben will show you either a bad GM, or a cheap owner

  22. Bqen green Says:

    Even the slimy saints, with how badly they’ve botched the cap, will be out from under all dead money by the start of the 2023 season. The cap keeps going up. Last year was certainly an aberration, because of covid. The players need to grow a set, and stop giving up a bigger piece of the pie, for trinkets. This is a star driven leauge. The players union is a joke, run by halfwits and concessionaires. Ben is ashamed to have once been associated with such spineless jellyfish

  23. Bqen green Says:

    Sorry, it just makes Ben’s blood boil like a vampire in the sun. End of rant. Love y’all. Good night

  24. HomerSimpsonRocks Says:

    Wilson or suck to get higher draft status in 2023.

  25. Russel Wilson Says:

    Russ Wilson is the best QB available after AR… need to get one of those 2… bridgewater sucks n been hurt too much

  26. Buczilla Says:

    My first choice is to let Trask and a rookie qb battle it out in training camp. If we are hell bent on getting a veteran qb with a pulse though, I think that the only realistic option would be Carr. Lynch is not trading Garoppolo to us since we are in the same conference. Same with Wilson, and Rogers. Watson is radioactive, Mayfield is not good and Tua can’t throw more than ten yards down the field.

    What would it take to get Carr if say interest from other teams in him is just luke warm and he’s even available? I’m thinking at least a first round pick, since he’s a good, not great qb and probably a hell of a lot more since the Raiders would try to jack up his value.

  27. T REX Says:


  28. adam from ny Says:

    basically sherm has watched all the back ups extensively in practice…

    and his answer is : “nah, they’re going veteran”

    it says a lot from the stanford grad…

    if trask was looking like some dart throwing assassin, we’d have been hearing about it at least occasionally during the season

  29. adam from ny Says:

    tom retired because goodell already told he he won the mvp…


  30. adam from ny Says:

    it’s true…you guys willing to throw away a superbowl window to start basically a 3rd round rookie are insane…

    it’s crazy…

    you guys are some of that cheech & chong sh!t

  31. tina brandon Says:

    Can anybody say Jameis Winston?

  32. SOEbuc Says:

    Doesn’t sound like Trask showed coach Sherman much in practice.

    This year if it’s possible there is nothing wrong with resigning Godwin,Lenny,Cappa, and Gabbert on offense and Davis,Whitehead on defense. Go with Trask, and try to rack up picks for Mr.Licht to build through the draft for a TE,defense, and OL.

  33. Swampbuc Says:

    Quite a dilemma. Overpay the QB position and sacrifice Godwin and a host of others, or retain most of them and play with Garrapoblow, or Buttwater, or Trashk.

    Thanks, Todd.

  34. steele Says:

    If the goal is SB, within an original Tom Brady window of 1-2 years, with as much of the existing crew as can be retained, then, yes, Sherman is right, they must go for broke, for the best Brady replacement they can get. But few if any of the “affordable” veteran options are good. Is the goal outlandish?

    If the goal is simply to compete for the longer term, then forget it. Trask, draft, youth. Lower expectations, build, from the bottom up. Timing sucks for this, and patience is required.

  35. steele Says:

    I don’t believe in this idea that any NFL QB with confidence would be afraid of “filling Brady’s shoes”. Whoever thinks that way is a prisoner of sports mediathink. The bottom line is that there is a job opening on an interesting team, in what is currently a pass-friendly offense, in the best state of the country for living. They should be clamoring for it, asking their agents to get on it.

  36. Anonymous Says:

    Save The Licht House….Make Bucs Defense Great Again.

  37. August 1976 Buc Says:

    The Titans look a whole lot better than the Bucs to go to if you are Rodgers. They have a very solid defense, they lost to the Bengals, but put 9 sacks on Burrows. If the Titans had a better QB, they would have beaten the Bengals. In the Rams game during the season the Titans Defense made mince meat out of Stafford, and just Biach Slapped him and the Rams.
    So the Bucs are not the best spot to come to. Whatever….. Bucs, just do not waste this small window. GO FOR IT!!

  38. stpetebucsfan Says:

    I think Adrnagy nailed it at the top. We need to hitch our wagon to a potentially great D with the right draft.

    I do not want to waste draft capital and salary cap on an expensive vet QB.

    I absolutely do not want any head cases like Rodgers or Watson..wasn’t five years of “Fameis” Jameis enough? Russell Wilson has the class and talent but we’d have to give up on too many other needs…both cap and draft capital.

    Gabbert has enough talent and strong enough arm to “manage” the offense for a year if Trask is not the guy. We KNOW we have a potentially great D if we draft well on that side of the ball. Put off the QB question for another year.

  39. Bucs Guy Says:

    Karon Rodgers? No thank you.

    Based on ability, my preference is Wilson, but he would be too expensive in cap and picks. Watson would also be an option if his legal problems get resolved, but his cap hit is also probably too big.

    Jimmy G, Tannehill, JW, Cousins, Bridgewater or Fitz – I’ll pass on all of them. Carr would be good, but I don’t see the Raiders trading him.

    So I think the Bucs go with Trask and Gabbert to determine what they have with Trask.

  40. Hodad Says:

    Gabbert will start the season backed up by Trask. Get used to it.

  41. K_bassuka Says:

    I mean is one of those 3 is available and affordable then why not. The rest of the clowns like Jimmy G, Bridgewater, and the rest the Bucs needs to stay away from and let Kyle play instead.

  42. allbuccedup Says:

    Wilson and Watson were not even in the playoffs and Rodgers lost the first game the packers played. So whats the point?

  43. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Well, it’s settled then……actually no.

    We can’t afford Wilson, Rodgers, Watson (in more ways than one)

    Maybe we can afford Carr, Jimmy G.

    But all of those QBs are under contract….you need a willing trading partner & something of value to trade. Licht has never been big on big trades.

    So we are left with:

    Bridgewater, Mariota, Flaco, Dalton, Fitz, Trubisky, Winston, and a host of other less-expensive FAs.

    I will say this….if it’s one of them, the Bucs will be the best team they played for in years.

    My money is with Trask…..bring back….Jensen, Cappa, Davis, Godwin, Fournette, Whitehead…..and that’s a very tall order.

    Draft to replace Suh, JPP & Gronk

  44. Anonymous Says:

    “I obviously think they still think they have a championship window.”

    Brady thinks otherwise, that’s why he retired.

  45. Juergensen Says:

    Richard Sherman Says: “I obviously think they still think they have a championship window.”

    Brady obviously thought otherwise. That’s why he retired.

  46. BucsFanSince1976 Says:

    Super Bowl opportunity window is very much open for Bucs. Trask would do fine , but if you want it right away?? Trade for Russell Wilson and you are right in the thick of it.
    Please do not mention the cap , it is very easy to kick the can down the road for the 2 years remaining on Russ’s contract. If you want to go right back to the Superbowl , Wilson is that guy and he would be even more lethal than Brady was in Arians offense with his mobility.
    Make no mistake that what Russ showed everyone in the skills competition-it was awe inspiring accuracy-was an audition for all 32 teams , Russ wants to win NOW.

  47. August 1976 Buc Says:

    “Richard Sherman Says”: “I obviously think they still think they have a championship window.”
    “Brady obviously thought otherwise. That’s why he retired”.

    And how many conversations have you been privy to at the Brady residence between Giselle and Tom? Most likely just as many as me, zero times. Thats pure speculation.

    The Bucs have a small window of this talent cycle. So make the most of that before you let some inexperienced QB take the reigns. They can do that in the next 2 years anyways, and be in full rebuilding mode then. At least go for it with this Talent cycle the best you can.

    GO BUCS!!!!

  48. Marine Buc Says:

    It’s pretty simple.



    We will not be able to trade for a QB and pay them @ $30 million while also bringing back our key free agents.

    I don’t care what you people say. Some of you need to go on over the cap dot com and actually study our cap situation and the contracts we already have on hand.

    Most of our higher paid players already have two voidable years included. How many voidable years are you willing to pay a player that is already past 30 years old?

  49. BucsFanSince1976 Says:

    The last year of TB12’s contract @ 25 mil will be renegotiated down to league minimum of 1.075 mil saving 24 mil. Trading number 1 and 2 pick in draft saves millions more , this is not rocket science , sign Wilson and franchise Jensen and Bucs are reloaded.

  50. RealityCheck Says:

    Anyone saying “just go with Trask” has lost the plot. The goal is to capitalize on this window to compete that is still very much open. Throwing Trask out there has us picking in the top 10. I don’t know about you but I’m not ready to willingly put ourselves back in that position

  51. Mike Johnson Says:

    If Arians and Licht are gonna stick with Gabbert and Trask. Then they sure as hell better go all out on Defense. Because we are gonna need a great one.

  52. sasquatch Says:

    BucsFanSince1976 Says:
    February 6th, 2022 at 8:54 am

    The last year of TB12’s contract @ 25 mil will be renegotiated down to league minimum of 1.075 mil saving 24 mil.

    It will? Have you spoken to Tom Brady’s representatives, because I’m not sure they got that memo.

  53. Rockmam Says:

    Can u day Teddy Bridgewater – solid vet to take over

  54. Jess Loven Says:

    Kyle Trask can do as good of a job or better than Mac Jones has with the Patriots. Put together an offensive scheme than doesn’t require him to win games on his own and beef up the defense especially the secondary. Remember that the “experts” didn’t think much of TB at the beginning and look how that turned out.

  55. David Says:

    I agree but it’s just a matter if they can afford one while re-signing some players and getting another free agent receiver. Some of those guys are a lot of money and trading away picks.

    The top ones available seem to be Trubisky, Bridgewater, Jimmy G and I would rather go with Trask than that garbage

  56. Jerry Says:

    Track is the real deal. Go with him